Tuesday 22 Jul

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Chromeo must vie

Joke band or no, the electrofunk duo Chromeo does what it can to get audiences a-dancin’.

Matt Carney October 19th, 2011

Chromeo with Breakbot and Mayer Hawthorne
7 p.m. Friday
Cain's Ballroom
423 N. Main, Tulsa

Search “David Macklovitch” on Tumblr, and the fawning, meme-ified desires of early 20s, Urban Outfittersshopping hipsters will assault your laptop like a splotchy Moog synthesizer riff — the kind that Chromeo uses to build chart-occupying, electrofunk bangers.

Macklovitch (or “Dave 1,” as the duo’s smooth-voiced singer and guitarist goes by) and his best friend, Patrick Gemayel (aka P-Thugg), started the band in Montreal after working as hip-hop producers. Chromeo’s independently produced 2004 debut, “She’s in Control,” was received with incredulity by many critics for its unabashed embrace of ’80s-pop synthesizers, dated drum machines, talk boxes and titles like “Destination: Overdrive.”

“Our whole first album is shit. Well, not all of it. But like, half of it,” Macklovitch said. “We were never in a major-label incubator, we never had producers come in and tell us how to do shit. We learned in front of everybody. But we had ‘Needy Girl,’ and that was like a passport to the next thing.”

That eventually led to a deal with Atlantic Records, which distributed their third album, the yearold “Business Casual.” The record uncanned “Control”’s kitschier elements, opening Chromeo up to more elaborate and expansive production. The funk guitar grooves swelled, the synths glittered brighter, and the electronic textures seemed more tangible.

In other words, they grabbed hold of the least genuine music ever produced and blasted off into the stratosphere. Such irony; no wonder the hipsters love them for “Needy Girl” and “Fancy Footwork,” the songs that earned them marquee spots at festivals all over, including the recent Austin City Limits Music Festival.

“Those are true anthems in the blog/Urban Outfitters/American Apparel world,” Macklovitch said. “Some people think we’re like Andy Samberg or something. But we’ll go and tear it up out there.”

Typical of a pop artist, he is already eyeing the next thing, which will be Chromeo’s second major-label release. He thinks out loud about what he wants to improve upon from previous records — namely, his singing and guitar-playing. But unlike many kindred spirits before him, he realizes how immediately listeners can latch on to a pop song and quickly turn it into something else entirely these days.

“I put it out into the world, it’s not mine anymore,” he said. “It’s not for me. It’s for other people.”

Photo by Angela Boatwright

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